As composer, critic, teacher and musical activist, Vladas Jakubėnas (1904–76) was one of the major cultural figures in pre-World War Two Lithuania, before his post-War exile in the USA. As a student of Schreker in Berlin in 1928–32, he initially wrote in a Neoclassical style – as most of the works on this CD attest – and was nicknamed 'the Lithuanian Hindemith’. Back home, he began to compose in a late-Romantic, gently modernist idiom, tinged with the influence of Lithuanian folk-music.
Vilnius String Quartet, string quartet Kasparas Uinskas, piano Rusnė Mataitytė, violin Edmundas Kulikauskas, cello Albina Šikšniūtė, piano St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, chamber orchestra Donatas Katkus, conductor
Two Pictures, Op. 2, for piano https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0013/TOCC0013t03.mp3
Prelude and Triple Fugue in D minor for string orchestra https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0013/TOCC0013t07.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0013EAN/UPC: 5060113440136Release Date: 01.10.2012Composer: Vladas Jakubėnas Artists: Kasparas Uinskas, Rusnė Mataityė, Vilnius String Quartet
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Luke Pratt :
Beautiful music, well performed and recorded. I very much look forward to the upcoming release of Jakubenas choral works.
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